Mount St. Joseph's Frankie Goodwin and Archbishop Curley's Brett Przywara, two of the area's best wrestlers, will meet today in the National Prep Wrestling Tournament 119-pound semifinals at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Twelve area schools sent representatives to the two-day tournament, and 17 of their wrestlers advanced to last night's quarterfinals. Today, Goodwin, his Gaels teammate Karl Green (285), Przywara and his Friars teammate Tony Powell (285), St. Paul's Eric Friedman (103) and McDonogh's Curtis Holmes (145), Shane Milam (171) and Alex Pagnotta (189) are in the semis and still challenging for championships.
"I think that's pretty good for our area," McDonogh coach Pete Welch said. "Probably a little better than normal. The quarterfinals were tremendous. There were four mats going, and there was great wrestling on every one of them."
Holmes, who won his second Maryland independent schools wrestling title last week, was the only area competitor to get to the semis with a pin, ending a one-point match in the final 30 seconds.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY: : Old Mill advanced 12 wrestlers into today's semifinals and took an 89-64 lead over North County in the tournament at Broadneck.
Colin Dupreay (103), Damian Sheldon (112), Ron Vaughters (135), Thomas Sillaman (160), Michael Sillaman (171) and Aaron Hawkins (285) won by fall for the Patriots. Thomas Sillaman and Hawkins had the fastest pins for Old Mill in 41 seconds and 45 seconds, respectively.